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Beatles fans mark Abbey Road pic


People party at the Abbey Road site of the famous album photo

Hundreds of Beatles fans have gathered to mark the 40th anniversary of when the zebra crossing shot from the band's Abbey Road album cover was taken.

People crowded around the crossing and celebrated by singing Beatles songs, causing traffic chaos in the process.

Four Beatles lookalikes then strolled across the road for the picture reconstruction.

The event was organised by Richard Porter, a Beatles tour guide and owner of the nearby Beatles café.

"The picture is just so easy to copy - well normally it is easy to copy. It is simple and it's like a shrine to the Beatles," said Mr Porter.

Tony Bramwell, the band's former road manager, was present on the day the shot was taken.

"Other than Paul and Ringo, I'm the only person alive who was here on that day," he said.

"It's great to see that the whole thing carries on. Through the musical genres and revolutions of the last 40 years the Beatles are still number one."

The Beatles recorded much of their work at the Abbey Road studio in north London.

The photographer who took the famous original cover shot was the late Iain Macmillan.

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